Government & Procuring Entities
The role of government is crucial because a central part of CoST is to encourage changes in government systems to enhance transparency in infrastructure.
Political and government officials have an important influence on CoST's future and can be very effective advocates for the initiative. Although they will not necessarily be directly involved in a construction project, they have influence over whether their country joins CoST and then responsibility for integrating CoST into their governance systems. This can include areas such as taking the necessary actions to authorise increased disclosure requirements, and incorporating them into relevant regulations and government procedures.
Keeping elected or appointed officials - such as ministers, senior civil servants or council leaders - briefed on the aims and progress of their national CoST programme helps to build support for beneficial legal and policy reforms. For example, it can show them the potential benefits which CoST can have for the reputation and efficiency of their national construction sector. To make sure that they are fully involved in this way, government cooperation is required at key points in the preparation and implementation of CoST.
Procuring entities are key players in the CoST process and their full cooperation in the programme is essential. They are responsible for identifying and delivering construction projects, and will also have a lead role in managing disclosures and any exposure which may result from this. Care is required at the design stage to ensure that the disclosure requirements are streamlined and workable, and to help build the procuring entities’ capacity in information management and project management.
Ensuring that procuring entities and the line ministry are aware of the potential benefits for the reputation and efficiency of the sector can be useful in building cooperation with them.
- Examples of the benefits for procuring entities are that the CoST programme
- Provides a procuring entity with the opportunity to show that it conforms to high levels of transparency in delivering construction projects
- Builds greater public confidence in the organisation and the procurement process
- Shows the procuring entity cooperating with the businesses involved in construction, and with civil society, for the benefit of the public
- Improves information management procedures that can strengthen the procuring entity’s capability to manage construction projects
- Highlights areas where the procuring entity’s general performance can be improved, through the information feedback process and
- Facilitates the procuring entity’s response to an audit process.
Further guidance for procuring entities is available from the resources section of the website.